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Vespers is the evening prayer service in the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox liturgies of the canonical hours. The word comes from Latin vesper, meaning "evening."

The general structure of the Roman Catholic service of vespers is as follows:

The psalms and hymns of the Vespers service have attracted the interest of many composers, including Claudio Monteverdi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Anton Bruckner, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

See also: Mass (music); requiem; sacred music; Book of Hours

External link:

The Roman Catholic Liturgy of the Hours